Magazine article Bulletin of the International Council for Traditional Music

Reports from ICTM Study Groups

Magazine article Bulletin of the International Council for Traditional Music

Reports from ICTM Study Groups

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African Musics (UK Branch)

by Amanda Villepastour, Study Group Vice Chair

The newly formed UK Branch of the ICTM Study Group on African Musics held its second meeting at Bath Spa University on 18 November 2017, in partnership with the Afrika Eye Film Festival, Bristol, with the support of ICTM, the British Forum for Ethnomusicology, and student bursaries from Music and Letters. Under the theme of "Filming African Music" and hosted by Amanda Bayley, this action-packed day included seven academic papers; a screening of They Will Have to Kill Us First (2015), about the lives of musicians in occupied northern Mali with a post-viewing discussion with director Johanna Schwartz and writer Andy Morgan; an impressive MediaWall event by director/artist Onyeka Igwe and dancer Ripton Lindsay; and the evening concert "Afrika Grooves and Moves," featuring Chartwell Dutiro (mbira), Sura Jally Kebba Susso (kora), Suntou Susso (kora), Pete Bernard (piano), and Ripton Lindsay (dance).

Papers addressed a diverse range of topics and issues related to African music in film and media, including film music in Brazil (Hans Hess), the ILAM collection (Luis Gimenez), cultural documentation in Namibia (Angela Impey and Andrew Botelle), filming African collaborations in Brazil (Jasper Chalcraft and Rose Satiko Hikiji), documenting Cameroonians in Montreal (Luke Fowler), experimental filming in Cuba (Sara McGuinness and Simon Zagorski-Thomas), and sensory ethnographic film-making in Mozambique (Robbie Campbell). …

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